|Posted by Mark Allen on March 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM||comments (1)|
Ascension Island expeds cost nearly double as RAF charge £ 220 per head for flights. See RAFSAA website and new Asi brief for details.
|Posted by Mark Allen on August 22, 2011 at 6:15 AM||comments (0)|
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Please ensure that this message gets as wide a possible circulation within your Branches as you can. Please also give any potential candidates for the courses below as much encouragement as you can to undertake this natural and hugely rewarding progression of their diving qualification and experience.
Steve Cox from JSSADC Bovisand has recently been in touch to report that, despite a promising start which saw six candidates attend the first Pre-SADS course of the season, the first SADS assessment has had to be cancelled as there were no candidates who put themselves forward.
The next Pre-SADS course is programmed for 4-8 Jul 11 and there are no candidates so far (though I will probably be applying if I can be sure to be able to take the time off without work impinging).
The final Pre-SADS of the year runs 10-14 Oct 11 and currently only has one student.
The second SADS assessment (7-12 Aug 11) has a possible six candidates which is great news.
It is early days for the final SADS Assessment of the year (13-18 Nov 11) but it is currently empty of candidates.
Clearly, many of these courses are in danger of being cancelled with the logical impact on the pool of SADS available to enable our diving so please do all you can to boost the attendance on these courses from within your branches. Speaking from the experience of the Pre-SADS that I was forces to withdraw from last year after 4 hours and 48 minutes in the pot (the full sorry story over a beer if you want), I can vouch for how enjoyable and beneficial this course is. I must also point out that, if candidates follow the advice of OIC Bovisand at the end of theor Pre-SADS in terms of time and preparation before they attend their SADS Assessment, they will find they have a greater than 90% chance of passing and being registered as a SADS. Being a SADS is a very responsible position but it comes with a number of perks, the biggest of which is no doubt the flood of requests to join expeditions, often in exotic locations and often at little if any personal financial outlay.
Please also note that JSSADC is running an Advanced Instructor Course and Exam 26-29 Jul 11 which still has places available.
Please push this as much as you can - without SADS our diving will wither on the vine